Jul 27, 2013

Annulling the Upper House poll

As soon as the results were announced for last week's Upper House election, lawsuits were filed demanding the nullifcation because of vote-vale disparities.

Jul 26, 2013

Internet campaign results

Japan's first use of the Internet for campaign purposes may have helped to inform voters but did not spur a higher voter turnout for the July 21 Upper House poll.

Opposition disparate; foe common

Jul 26, 2013

Opposition disparate; foe common

by Reiji Yoshida

Major opposition groups have been rocked by intensifying internal strife since the Upper House election, and with the secretaries-general of the Democratic Party of Japan, Your Party and Nippon Ishin no Kai (Japan Restoration Party) launching a nonpartisan policy study group next week, speculation ...

Abe not in hurry to amend Constitution

Jul 22, 2013

Abe not in hurry to amend Constitution

by Ayako Mie

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged Monday to stay focused on efforts to revive Japan’s moribund economy and to not aggressively pursue his goal of amending the pacifist Constitution, even though his Liberal Democratic Party-New Komeito bloc now controls the Diet. Speaking to reporters a ...

China grows more wary about Abe

Jul 22, 2013

China grows more wary about Abe

by Takuya Karube

China is apprehensive about Japan becoming more nationalistic after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition scored a comfortable win in Sunday’s Upper House election, giving the ruling bloc control of both Diet chambers for the first time in six years. Chinese media and some ...

Jul 22, 2013

22 of 105 female hopefuls win seats

Twenty-two of the 105 women who ran in Sunday’s House of Councilors election won seats, up five from the previous Upper House election in 2010. Eleven women were elected from both prefectural constituencies and via the proportional representation system. While all nine women from ...